Fans of the Deus Ex franchise are about to be in for a treat. After being unveiled during a livestream event held June 8, Square Enix announced that Deus Ex Go was coming this week—much to the delight of cyber-punk mobile gamers everywhere. The game will follow in the footsteps of the winning Go franchise and should serve as an excellent appetizer for fans looking forward to the latest console title, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Square Enix have been knocking the mobile adaptations of their biggest franchises out of the park lately and it looks like Deux Ex will be no exception. The game will arrive just in time for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the one-two punch is sure to be a knockout with fans. Prepare to spend a lot of time in the future until fall comes around.
It all began with the novel new take on the Hitman franchise that brought Agent 47 to the small screen in style. There had been other attempts to make a mobile version of the stealth assassination game, but none came close to the brilliance of 2014’s Hitman Go. One such title was an online casino game that did a remarkable job of bringing both the look and feel of the franchise to a completely new style of gameplay. Every detail is handled with care from the included weapons down to the colour scheme, which reflects the titular assassin’s uniform of choice with its iconic blacks and reds filling the screen. This same willingness to experiment with the formula was largely what made Hitman Go such a success. Rather than trying to bring the same stealth-assassination action of consoles to mobile devices, the developers at Square Enix Montreal instead crafted a top-down, turn-based puzzle game that became a surprise hit.
The game was so successful that one year later they repeated the feat with Tomb Raider Go. The games do a remarkable job at distilling the mechanics of their larger, console counterparts. They have been described as “the smartest translation of AAA console franchises to the mobile space” thanks to their chess-like gameplay and simplified but attractive graphics. Deus Ex Go is the latest in the series, and it promises to bring everything fans love about the sci-fi franchise to the small screen, just in time for the latest console blockbuster.
The last Deus Ex game for consoles, Human Revolution, was released five years ago to much critical acclaim and fans have been longing to step into the cybernetic shoes of Adam Jensen ever since. 2013’s Deus Ex: The Fall was a nice continuation of the story but the mobile title was ultimately an awkward attempt to bring the stealth action gameplay of the consoles to touch screens. We can’t wait for Deus Ex Go to finally provide the mobile version of the franchise that fans deserve while also pushing the boundaries of the groundbreaking mobile series.
By the time you read this, you should already be able to check out Deus Ex Go, which was released August 18. Mankind Divided is set to follow on August 23, 2016.